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Old 12-19-2007, 09:25 AM
DutchPhil DutchPhil is offline
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Default Re: Jesuit-Trained Movers and Shakers

John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. As the Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, he was defeated in the 2004 presidential election by the Republican incumbent President George W. Bush. Senator Kerry is currently the Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He is a Vietnam Veteran, and was a spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War when he returned home from service. Before entering Senate, he served as a District Attorney and Lt. Governor of Massachusetts under Michael Dukakis, also a future Democratic Presidential nominee.


Law school and early political career (19721985)

After Kerry's 1972 defeat, he and his wife bought a house in Lowell. He spent some time working as a fundraiser for the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), an international humanitarian organization. He decided that the best way for him to continue in public life was to study law[citation needed]. In September 1973, he entered Boston College Law School at Newton, Massachusetts. In July 1974, while attending law school, Kerry was named executive director of Mass Action, a Massachusetts advocacy association.

John F. Kerry sits with fellow classmates during his 1976 graduation from Boston College Law School. (Photo courtesy of University Archives)

An Alum's Presidential Bid Falls Short

The 2004 election drew special scrutiny at Boston College, the alma mater of Democratic nominee US Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), a 1976 graduate of BC Law School. Kerry's old moot-court coach was following this week's vote closely to see if his former charge, impressive in the presidential debates, would seal the final argument at the ballot box.

"He's the first student of mine to run for the presidency, so I'm watching with great interest," BC Law Advocacy Programs Director Thomas Carey JD '65, who coached 1976 grad Kerry on BC's National Moot Court Team, said last week.

The skill Kerry showed in the presidential debates he honed at BC Law as a winner of the Grimes Moot Court Competition in his second year, and as a 3L on the National Moot Court Team that won the New England regional championships, said Carey, who teaches appellate advocacy as a part-time member of the BC Law faculty.


"Even more specifically," McIntyre said, "John and Teresa hosted a dinner for Fr. Leahy and me and for a small group of alumni in Washington a few years ago at his home in Georgetown. It was a relatively small group, maybe 20 or 25 people, but it was very, very cordial and warm event. John spoke about Boston College and Teresa spoke about her and her family's association with the Jesuits over the years starting in South Africa."
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